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The Yussupovs / Re: The Youssupov jewelry
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:12:33 AM »
Russian architect and artist Andrew Beloborodov designed the apartments for Felix and Irina. He shares some interesting info in his memoires. I am reporducing the entire extract:

The main room has not been brought to an end because of the war, but soon gets a new Beloborodov, most complex, responsible and important task: "The building of apartments and furnish young Prince Yusupov, soon to be married to the niece of the Emperor Irina. <. ..> apartments for young Yusupov was designed ground floor of the left wing of the palace with its own entrance and fourteen windows on the Moika, and with adequate buildings with windows to the garden. exclusive purpose of this apartment unit depended on many factors. First of all personality and character Young Felix Yusupov was quite unusual, but it depended on all decisions. princess sometimes present in the discussion of emerging issues or in the provision of projects, but never uttered a word, she was very shy, and those who knew little of it, of the resulting a completely false impression of coldness and even arrogance. Once during a discussion of a project Yusupov came a few minutes. Left alone with the silent beauty, Andrew incredibly embarrassed - but even more confused princess, and her gentle, like a white lily, face flushed bright red. So they sat in silence until the prince returned, resuming the previous meeting. When discussing future work, he gave free rein to their imagination fly, quite regardless of any difficulty or the feasibility of their ideas. Sometimes these ideas were muddled and even absurdities, and in these cases, it was not hard to convince him to give it up, but he is often a task that it is due to their difficulty and surprise it was interesting to resolve. For Irina Alexandrovna, in her private quarters, you had to make a crystal bath and "fountain Tears "- and soon silvered walls and vaults of the Small alcove room, painted with fantastic flowers and birds, the water started to overflow drops from one pan to another bowl, these bowls were carved from colorful Ural stones - a crystal bath remained in the project, which has seriously studied . to Duke built a swimming pool, floor, walls and steps that have been made out of huge solid tiled stoves. (St Petersburg's famous sculptor Kuznetsov, who founded the factory majolica and grafted to fulfill these tile, Beloborodov told that most of them burst before they could needed to make the pool liner plate.)
With boudoir Irina Alexandrovna Yusupova at will, was designed for jewelry stash, and the aim was to Princess could see them all at once and make your choice at the evening. Here's how Andrew solved the problem: a small hidden door opened into a narrow the gallery done in wall thickness and leads to a low octagonal room whose walls consist of metal doors. It was enough to push the secret button to the upper part of the door fell open and brightly lit shop windows with all the sparkling jewels. This "magic cave Aladdin" was at the same time and carefully hidden safes.
Another more extensive stash, was held at the library, in a fall through a small door hidden behind a cupboard, which rotates together with all books. Incidentally, Yusupov wanted the air in his room came from the garden, and that his idea was implemented with an elaborate system of hoses and special filter room. There were many oddities in all apartments, but most of all to the extent that was intended for the possible arrival of the prince in the periods when the princess was missing and the state apartments were closed. There was a maze of small rooms with a spiral stair going down to the dungeon, which was to serve as a dining room.

* Apologies for the poor English grammar, I have translated it from original Russian using Google Translate

The Stroganoffs / Re: The Stroganovs
« on: March 30, 2006, 12:29:25 PM »
Pavel Stroganoff died heirless. Gregory Stroganoff had a daughter Princess Maria Scherbatoff who was killed with her children during the revolution. For details see thread on "nobility killed during the revolution".

Russian Noble Families / Re: mediatized titles would have been.
« on: March 18, 2006, 08:47:24 AM »
Were Gureys of Crimea part of Russian nobility? I read that after annexation of Crimea , the Crimean royal family went to live in Istanbul. So technically they were Ottoman aristocrats.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Wedding Palaces
« on: March 16, 2006, 12:37:03 PM »
If i am not wrong, isn't wedding palace the palace of Baron Von Derviz?

Russian Noble Families / Re: Nobility murdered during the Revolution
« on: March 15, 2006, 07:48:13 PM »
How sad! They were just 25, 20 and 17 years old in 1920.

Her frustration was quiet understandable. She was a "somebody" yet a "nobody". She was born a Stroganov but not the "rich" Stroganovs only from well off branch . She was married to a Sheremetev but not from "rich" and "titled" Sheremetevs but their poor untitled cousins. She was granddaughter of a Tsar but nobody accepted this.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Paleys
« on: March 08, 2006, 06:09:37 AM »
Death of his son in India in 2001? Never heard of it, Could you give me more details?

There is a resemblance to Zenaida. The lady could be Zenaida.

This whole "equal marriage" thing of the Romanovs really makes me mad. Stroganovs were far more ancient and owned millions of sq miles of lands when Romanovs were simply "upstart boyars". They came to throne just by accident of history and not by any divine right.

French Royals / Re: Emperor Napoleon III and his family
« on: March 03, 2006, 04:45:55 PM »
I was looking for Photos of Prince Imperial , son of Napoleon III. His tragic death in the Zulu war (being speared to death and mutilated) brought a tear to my eye. He died like a true hero. May his soul rest in peace!

I wanted to know how were the relations between the Romanovs and Countess Elena Stroganoff-Sheremetieff the daughter of Maria Nikolaivena. Did the Romanovs consider her as a cousin? Was she accepted by the imperial family?

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Palace of GD Alexei Aleksandrovitch
« on: March 03, 2006, 04:32:00 PM »
Yes. The Gatchina house was the only thing he had. It was a very small house. I suggest you read the book "Michael and Natasha". It will give you a lot of info on Michael.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Palace of GD Alexei Aleksandrovitch
« on: March 02, 2006, 06:48:46 PM »
Yes, All lands, properties, assets and bank accounts were seized and put into a trust. Michael was only allowed income from the appendage. Even when he came back to Russia these properties were not restored to him. Later they were seized by the bolsheviks during the revolution. Michael was very badly off as far as money was concerned.

Russian Noble Families / Re: Counts Sheremetev
« on: March 02, 2006, 06:19:16 PM »
Another piece of info, Countess Alexandra Alexandrovna Sheremetev , daughter of Count AD Sheremetev was married to Sergei Vladimirovich Sheremetev. He belonged to untitled branch of the Sheremetev family and was son of Vladimir Sheremetev. He was related to Romanovs through his mother  Countess Elena Stroganova who was the only daughter of Maria Nikolaievna and Count Stroganov.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Palace of GD Alexei Aleksandrovitch
« on: March 02, 2006, 10:52:43 AM »
From what info i have, this palace along with another one was left to Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich "Floppy". It was  seized along with all his property when Michael married Natasha and left Russia. During the war, it was converted into a hospital.

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